Off and running in the new year, I decided to take the challenge again this year. First I bought a new journal to fill with 30 days of art. What interests me at the moment is more landscapes painted with the gelli plate. I'm printing on deli wrap paper and can easisly cut it and glue it in with a glue stick. It's January 6th, so here are the first entries.
I'm trying different color combinations and trying to regain the touch that I had developed months ago when I did this daily. This is not as simple as it looks. The paint must be the right consistency, applied in very thing layers and mixed right on the print plate. Anything can go wrong - and often does. It can dry too fast. Temperature and air movement affect this. No fans can be on. No heat blowing around. This technique forces the artist to work quickly and freely. It's one of the things I like about doing them.
The brayer must be cleaned by rolling it onto another surface, so that's where some of the discards come in hand. usually I just keep an old catalog or magazine handy and roll the unwanted paints onto it. Carolyn Dube suggests cleaning off the brayer in a journal so you have ready made background colors. I personally do not want those colors in my journals. It's just not my style.
My winter work station is set up on my kitchen counter where I can stand and move about easily, have ready access to water and an overhead light.
It's not nearly as fun as working in the studio, but nights have been in the 20s and 30s lately so it never really warms all the way though the studio. The cold permeates everything. Every book I open is chilled inside, the drawers - likewise. Plus the paints and all get too cold.
I packed up a bunch of supplies to bring up again this winter. In the afternoon it's warm enough to be in the solarium for several hours and drink in the sunshine while working on art, or grooming the dogs, or just listening to public radio.
Leslie Saeta and her challenge came at the right time, with the new year and time to dig in and develop some new skills and beef up some of the half forgotten ones. Most of the painters who have taken the challenge, more than 1,200 this time, are doing some pretty serious work and fine paintings. One of my favorite painters is taking the challenge and I'm so glad, it's the only time I get to see his new work. My friend Roberta has a hand injury that is making painting difficult right now, so she is opting to paint with her non dominant hand, and doing it so well - I can hardly tell the difference. Amazing.
Have I done any artwork in the last six days that is frame worthy? Nope. It's not what I'm after right now. I just want to master the touch and relearn and even go beyond he techniques I worked out last time. I have a few sketches I want to translate into deli art landscapes. Then transfer them to canvas. We'll see.